Saturday, December 20, 2008

200 Lost Gems & Forgotten Diamonds:-->Pt 8


"The guitar is just a wonderful instrument. It's everything: a bartender,
a psychiatrist,
a housewife.
It's everything...
but it's elusive." 

~ Les Paul 

This personal list of "lost gems & forgotten diamonds" continues.
A reminder...songs will be from the 70s decade...but not exclusively.


I strongly encourage everyone to purchase the albums for an even better understanding.

Part 8 - Let's Begin...

130:-->Neil Young -------"Tired Eyes" – (4:38) ------------Tonight's The Night (1975)
"Tell me more.
I mean was he a heavy doper...
Or was he just a loser?
He was a friend of yours."
Achingly beautiful. Painfully real. Haunts long after the first listen. Sadly...about the 'tired eyes' of a murdered friend.

129:-->Fleetwood Mac --------"Emerald Eyes" (3:35) ---------Mystery To Me (1973)
"The way she sails away slow...
makes your day to day life easy."
Dreamy vocals with tasty trademark mysterioso guitar work from Welch.  And great drum fill from Fleetwood.  Pass me the headphones.


128:-->Sugarloaf ---------"Tongue-In-Cheek" (7:37) -----------Spaceship Earth (1971)
"I would give you nearly everything
if you would only tell me just how much
you really, really, really, really love me."
The guitar and vintage organ work is outstanding. Has a wonderful hippie vibe. Better with each listen.


127:-->David Gilmour ---"There's No Way Out Of Here" (5:08) ---David Gilmour (1978)

"There's no way out of here...
when you come in you're in for good."
Instantly timeless...with a 'down-in-a-well' guitar intro that's totally cool. Gilmour's killer bridge doesn't hurt either.

126:-->Uriah Heep ------ "Paradise/The Spell" (12:47) -------Demons and Wizards (1972)
"Secret hearts and sorry tales
will never help love grow.
Spread your wings my darkened soul
the time has come to go."
Guitar acoustics slowly build toward wicked keyboard action.
Add some underrated vocals and you have a nice sandwich.
And the cool echo and response vocals traveling from speaker to speaker is always a good thng..

125:-->BOC ------- "The Revenge Of Vera Gemini" (3:53) --------Agents Of Fortune (1976)

"Oh no more horses...
We're gonna swim like a fish
into the hole in which you planned to ditch me."
A driving wheel with a delicious BOC creepiness. Patti Smith adds the perfect vibe.


124:-->David Johansen -------- "Lonely Tenement" (4:08) -----David Johansen (1978)
"She knew love until it got a little slow.
And why he left she'll never know."
Johansen sells this one to the nines. His band rips the curtains with a dirty Stonesy feel.

123:-->T. Rex ------------- "Buick Mackane" (3:31) -------------The Slider (1972)
"You're just a sexual glider.
Be my plane...in the rain."
Bolan's gutter-coolness is all over this. Rockin' harder than usual...sweet boogie metal guitar staples its way to a nice outro.

122:-->Gary Myrick ---"She Talks In Stereo" (3:50) ---Gary Myrick & The Figures (1980)
"I look in your eyes.
She would look at my face.
You could see clearly.
Is it our twenty/twenty vision?"
Sounding like a hungry Tom Petty backed by The Cars...this should be creating regular radio waves on the RnR river. Wicked good.

121:-->J. Geils Band ----- "Wreckage" (5:23) -------Monkey Island (1977)
"Only few return... so only few will learn
about the wreckage along the way."
Geils brings a whole other attitude to the table with this rock breaker.  And "Wreckage" closes out the album in solid ballsy gem fashion.  Wow.


All good stuff!   ...to be continued.

Casey Chambers
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4 comments:

WZJN said...

Damn, damn, damn! You surely struk an arrow in my heart with this round. Uriah Heep! You don't know how many times I've wanted to write about those guys but thought 'Nah - no one knows em'. T-Rex goes without saying - a god. Early Fleetwood Mac? Someone else knows the glory years? And David Johansson - when he ruled im my opinion.

Great, great post. Thank you for the work.

Happy Christmas (War Is Over)

Liberty said...

Love all your choices for your lost gems and forgotten diamonds! Here's hoping someday you put all of them in a zip file and share it! It would be a fantastic package!

Casey said...

Merry Christmas you guys!!
Thanks for the comments.
Glad you recognise some of these oft-forgotten diamonds.
Hopefully, it will peek the interest of others to go seek them out.
Have a fantastic Christmas!!

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